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Jan 28, 2013 12:00pm EST
were worst for prevalence of diabetes among adults among those 17 countries. worst for obesity across all age groups of those 17 countries. and had the worst infant mortality, the worst infant mortality of all 17 countries. we suffer higher death rates and worse outcomes for conditions such as heart disease and chronic lung disease. this chart from that institute of medicine report shows all these dots of the other countries grouped around cost, expenditure per capita and life expectancy. that's the united states of america, the dot with the red circle around it. we are an outlier, below virtually all of these countries except poland and turkey and hungary, below them all on life expectancy. they are all above 78 and we're just below it. and wildly out of the grouping on cost. we are way higher cost than the grouping of all of our industrialized competitors. we are wild outliers in a very bad direction of high costs and poor outcomes. this is a stark and unsettling disparity of us from virtually all the other nations, and it's not to our benefit. so the real issue here, the fact that
Jan 25, 2013 12:00pm EST
. often from treatable causes like diabetes and smoking related chronic conditions. these consequences also spill into other areas. as any teacher or school counselor will tell you, a child who struggle with depression, anxiety, any other mental health condition, is also likely to struggle academically. it's also an issue for our justice system. since our -- we should be receiving mental health and substance abuse counseling instead. i have had a number of sheriffs in my own state, as well as other states, tell me that their jails, the jails are now the de facto mental institution in their states. the shame and this is that with access to the right treatment to support most people with mental goes can recover and lead productive and healthy lives. that we need to make the critical investments that will enable us to happen. so wearing my other hat as the chairman of the labor, health and human services appropriations subcommittee, i plan to take a close look at funding opportunities in this area through the appropriations process. we've made important steps forward in recent years. my f
Jan 7, 2013 12:00pm EST
a statistic, we have 600,000 diabetics as members. and usually 2-3, they usually have 2-3 chronic conditions. so what happens is one condition leads to another condition which leads to another condition. so living a healthy lifestyle helps prevent that from happening. but what we also notice is living a healthy lifestyle helps the brain. it helps people be more engaged and longer and live a life that's much broader than just being healthier in that regard. and so you see our dream of lifelong well being wraps around not only the physical health, but the mental health. and we do have studies that, actually, demonstrates that the ability to have an effect on care is directly related to your lifestyle in that regard. and i think diabetes is a great example of that and probably one of the most expensive diseases we face today outside of cancer as a result of bad habits and eating. now, some of it is hereditary, but most of it is what we do to our body every day. >> um, you spoke about the excessive, unneeded use of medical services and irrational spending. do you believe that that is due to a fl
Jan 9, 2013 12:00pm EST
of this nation. in the '70s just 5% of kids were overweight. today that number exceeds 33%. adult onset diabetes is now showing up in children. high blood pressure, high blood pressure is inflicting children. fewer than 10% of kids receive daily physical education. even fewer get outdoors. .. ideas that can save money and address important environmental issues today we of a all the papers with these ideas. considered as secretary norton noted for parks and open space to serve those children i just mentioned. to secure their links to nature. one author examines how private partnerships can keep parks open even in times of very tight state budgets. state parks attract some 725 million visitors each year. more even than our national parks as some thousand local sites. but many of these parks are in trouble with dtv rating infrastructure and shrinking public funds to sustain visitor services. public-private partnerships offer an idea potential to enhance park operations. over 100 u.s. forest service recreation sites already use this model. it is not a dream come it isn't something hypothetical. new
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